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Date: 2017-03-16 11:40:04
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIAN
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian participate in Speak, Lokal, a group exhibition that focuses on how artists worldwide investigate and broach local conditions.

Speak, Lokal

RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIAN

Kunsthalle Zurich

Curated by Daniel Baumann

 

Installation view: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, Kunsthalle Zürich 2015.

© Photo: Gunnar Meier Photography

 

Arriving in Dubai at Al Barsha Street at the house where the three Iranian artists Ramin Haerizadeh (*1975), Rokni Haerizadeh (*1978) and Hesam Rahmanian (*1980) currently live, you might think, “Wow, this is eccentric.” Yes, it is an extraordinary villa full of things, but it is also a stage, a film set and movie theatre. It is their studio and a cabinet of curiosity; it is a test site-cum-monastery, an academy-cum-pleasure dome. The house informs their art as it results from both collective and individual endeavor — and half of it just has been shipped to Kunsthalle Zürich.

 

 

 Installation view: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, Kunsthalle Zürich 2015.

© Photo: Gunnar Meier Photography

 

The exhibition Speak, Lokal focuses on how artists worldwide investigate and broach local conditions. All sorts of artistic practices come into play, from activism to “archivism”, from photography to graphic novels, from documentaries to performances and research based communal efforts. Paradoxically, the restricted and highly connoted territory of the Local is perceived as a place of autonomy and liberation. It is a space where precision makes a difference to uncover discrepancies, where clairvoyance turns into relevance and passion into resistance. If Speak, Lokal is foremost an optimistic proposition, it does not gloss over the ambiguity of the Local as it neighbors on the territories of nationalism, provincialism, and commercialism – typified in the well-known slogan “Buy Local!”.

 

Installation view: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, Kunsthalle Zürich 2015.

© Photo: Gunnar Meier Photography

 

It is only a small step from regionalism to homeland security and building walls, and "Buy Local!" becomes "Us first!". After all, the Local has been gone for a long time; today it is no more than a fiction or rather, a powerful phantasy. In fact, the Local is the expression of the all pervading and more fundamental question of belonging. For decades, this has seemed to be a question of progress, but within a few years, "belonging" has turned into a battlefield dominated by class, race, religion, and nation. As belonging is turning into exclusion ("You are not..."), the artists in the show at Kunsthalle Zürich present their alternative visions and languages, whether they are from Dhaka, New York, Dubai, or Zurich.

 

This text is honorbly extracted from kunsthallezurich.ch by hoomartgallery.com.